BANGO CRUISES TO TRACK-RECORD PERFORMANCE IN MAYERS ELECTRIC COMPANY ANIMAL KINGDOM STAKES
Florence, Ky., (March 14, 2020) – Tamaroak Partners’ Bango cruised to a 2 1/2-length victory and set a new Turfway Park track record in Saturday’s 6 1/2-furlong, $75,000 Mayers Electric Company Animal Kingdom Stakes.
Bango stopped the clock in a scintillating 1:14.99, setting a record by .36 seconds. The previous record was set by Cielo Song in 2006.
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano and trained by Greg Foley, Bango sat just off the blazing pace set by My Man Flintstone and Williston Way as the dueling leaders clipped through an opening quarter-mile in :21.06 and a half-mile time of 43.71. Just outside of the three-eighths pole, Bejarano sent Bango three wide past a tiring Williston Way and was able to collar My Man Flintstone inside the eighth-pole.
Bango rewarded his backers and returned $14.60, $7 and $3.20. My Man Flintstone, under jockey Corey Lanerie, returned $7.60 and $3.80, while Merchants of Cool, ridden by Gerardo Corrales, closed for third and returned $2.40 as the even-money favorite.
Amongst, Williston Way, Newstome, Howard of Luck and Torres Del Paine completed the running order. Kierkegaard was scratched.
This was Foley’s third victory in the Animal Kingdom. He previously teamed with Bejarano to win in 2004 with Silver Minister and in 2003 with Champali.
Bango is a 3-year-old son of Congrats out of the Smart Strike mare Josaka. He was bred in Kentucky by Fred and Debbie Schwartz’s Tamaroak Partners. Bango improved his record to 6-3-1-1 and earnings of $181,077.
The Animal Kingdom Stakes was renamed in 2018 in honor of the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner and Jeff Ruby Steaks winner (then the Spiral Stakes). The race was given a $25,000 purse hike for 2020.